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Blue

Blue is another favorite color of mine besides green, which I discussed on sunday. Blue, in my experience, can signify many things. It is thought of as a cool color and we often say we feel “blue” when we feel sad. However, the skies are usually a bright color of blue in summertime, too.

If I have to select a color that signifies my personality, it’d be blue. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ bordering on INFJ. The letter T in my synetsthetic experience is a dark shade of blue. What distinguishes INTJs from the INFJ personality type is INTJs’ cooler personality. Again, blue is thought of as a cool color.

Interestingly, when I was in college, I had this competency management book that described various personality types. I just looked it up and saw that introverted thinkers are described as the “blue” type.

People exhibiting the “blue” behavior pattern (or conformity) in work-related situations, according to the book, have perfectionism as their basic emotional state. They have high discipline, are detail-oriented, good observers and painfully conscientious. They need solid, fact-based arguments before they swallow an opinion. They are also obsessed with rules and regulations. They don’t do well with emotions and definitely don’t show them.

I do not currently score high on any of the behavior patterns described in the book, mostly because I cannot hold down a job so don’t have any work-related competencies. However, when I was still in school, I’d be painfully detail-oriented and rigid. I actually had to be taught that I could get away with not doing my homework every now and again. Though it would be a little exaggerated to say my parents taught me to flake out of doing homework, they did truly teach me that I couldn’t remind the teachers of upcoming tests.

In many ways, as you can see, I’m a blue personality. The same holds true if I have to describe my personality as a state of weather. Though sometimes it’s a thunderstorm, most of the time it is a blue sky with some clouds. That is, I am usually slightly depressed but not so seriously that it’s a problem. I have my sunny days and my stormy days, but my basic affective state is a lighter shade of blue.

This post was again inspired by a writing prompt from 397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas by Scott Green. The prompt was to describe one color that would signify your life.

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The Color Green

I have not been totally blind all my life. In fact, I could see some colors until I was around seventeen and still have grapheme-color synesthesia. This means that I see colors on the letters and numbers that I read on my Braille display.

The first colors I was no longer able to distinguish were green and blue, even though I have a vivid understanding of both colors in my mind now. I was about eight when I lost the ability to tell green and blue apart. Then, at around age twelve, I started seeing darker shades of green as black. For example, in summer, trees would appear black to me. This was one of the saddest experiences in my journey towards total blindness.

One of my favorite colors is green. Though I have a vivid memory and imagination of what it looks like, it’s hard to describe what green is if I had to describe it to someone wo was born totally blind. The fact is, after all, there is no way of perceiving colors except through sight. I, having had some sight as a child, can visualize what a color looks like when someone gives a description, whether that visualization is at all correct or not. Someone who was born totally blind, cannot visualize anything. Their brain just isn’t wired for it.

If I were to describe the color green to a totally blind person, I could of course name things that are green. I could say grass is green and trees are green in summertime. Green, in fact, is a color often found in nature.</P

I could tell them what feelings I associate with the color green. For example, green reminds me of a feeling of youthfulness, of fresh energy. Green, with its prevalence in nature during spring and part of summer, reminds me of the weather getting warmer. I don’t personally see green as a cool color, though many people do.

I could describe what colors I feel go well with green in clothing or the like. I for one happen to love the combination of green and blue, though I was once told when I wore a green and blue jacket to school in fifth grade, that the colors bite each other. I also love green with purple, pink and of course red. I don’t care for the combination of green and yellow or orange. Then again, these are personal opinions.

I remember once reading a book by Dutch comedian Vincent Bijlo, who is blind, in which the totally blind protagonist met the former tenant of his room. She told him that the walls were painted pink. He was in love with the woman so he said he liked pink because she did. This signifies the fact that blind people associate colors with the people and situations in which they hear about these colors. Pink is not a typical men’s favorite color, and blind boys may be raised with this idea. The man in Bijlo’s book clearly wasn’t. He had absolutely no concept of color, but he liked the color pink because his crush liked it.

Of course, it is useless to try to convey the actual image of color to a totally blind person. That doesn’t mean that blind people shouldn’t learn what color common objects are or what colors go well together in clothing. They may not be able to conceptualize colors. This however is also true of those who become totally blind later in life. I may be able to imagine what a color looks like, but I will still need to have sighted assistance for matching colors of clothing, for example, because the nuances of colors aren’t easy to describe. This is one reason why I usually wear black.

This post was inspired by one of the journaling prompts in 397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas by Scott Green. The prompt was: “If you were to describe the color green to a blind person, how would you do it?”

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